YouTube TV drops MLB Network after failing to renew deal

YouTube TV has dropped the MLB Network from its service after failing to renew its agreement, according to a statement from YouTube given to The Streamable. “You will also lose access to any previous Library recordings from this channel,” the streamer wrote. “Members will be able to continue watching select national MLB games via coverage on FOX, ESPN, and TBS through our Base Plan.”

The dispute appears to be over compensation, according to a statement from MLB Network. “YouTube TV has been unwilling to negotiate a fair carriage agreement… consistent with what close to 300 other US providers have agreed to for distribution.” MLB Network was part of YouTube’s $65 Base Plan and one of the few that carried 4K content as part of YouTube TV’s 4K Plus add-on. 

The news isn’t too tragic yet, as baseball season is still a couple of months away. YouTube TV has previously lost access to other channels including Disney’s ESPN and ABC, but in the case of the latter, they were restored just a day later. That lends some hope that the streaming company can reach an agreement with MLB Network ahead of any disruption to games next season. 

In the meantime, “MLB Network remains widely available throughout the US, including on Altice USA (Optimum), AT&T U-verse, Charter Communications (Spectrum), Comcast, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DIRECTV Stream, DISH, fuboTV, Sling TV, Verizon Fios and many others,” MLB Network wrote. 

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